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President Jennifer Parent Passes Gavel

On October 25 and 26, the NHBA hosted the New England Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. Attorney Jennifer Parent presided over the meeting as the 2019-20 President of this regional organization.

The event was hosted at the Portsmouth Sheraton and featured informative programming on attorney wellness programs and initiatives.

Chris Newbold, co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and Executive Vice President of ALPS, joined by NH Attorneys Christine List and Matthew Cessna, kicked off the programming with a session exploring the current state of professional satisfaction among lawyers. They discussed how they characterize the well-being of our respective bar members, how life as a lawyer varies from expectations and whether lawyers, if they had to do it all over again, would choose a path into the legal profession. Generational and gender factors as they relate to lawyer well-being were also discussed.

Former NH Chief Justice John Broderick discussed mental health awareness, along with Dr. Philip Adamo, the section chief and medical director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, who focused on the way workplace stress contributes to problems in the workplace.

An afternoon program featured the dean of Suffolk Law School, Andrew Perlman, discussing the fast-moving world of legal innovation.

Dean Perlman has served as the vice chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services; the inaugural chair of the governing council of the ABA Center for Innovation; and the co-chair of the innovation committee for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Project, Making Justice Accessible: Designing Legal Services for the 21st Century.

On Saturday night, the gavel was passed to Retired Attorney Ginger Davis of Maine, who will preside for the 2020– 21 year. There were numerous attendees from all the New England states, and Saturday morning featured presentations by each State’s Lawyer Assistance Program, moderated by Attorney Russell Hilliard, pointing out the different ways the states deal with lawyers with substance abuse and mental health problems.

All told, the meeting was enjoyable and informative on important subjects to all the State bars.

Former NH Chief Justice John Broderick discussed mental health awareness
Former NH Supreme Court Chief Justice Broderick was one of the speakers.
Round table discussion of attorney wellness at 2019 NEBA Annual Meeting.
Attorney Russ Hilliard moderated a discussion on each state’s Lawyer Assistance Program.